Japan is rich in culture and customs, some new and some old. One long standing part of Japanese culture is that of the Geisha women. Geisha woman are entertainers, contrary to popular belief, they are no longer prostitutes. In fact that couldn’t be further from the modern truth.
Geisha started out as serving girls, who were mostly girls who families were separated during the late 600s. Some made money by selling sexual services, while the better educated girls made a living by entertaining at high-class social gatherings. In 794, in the capital Kyoto, the Japanese Geisha culture began to emerge. Shortly afterwards, the home of the Geisha became glamorous entertainment centers, offering more than sex. They would entertain by dancing, singing, and playing music. Soon they became specialized and so began the new profession, purely for entertainment.
Near the turn of the 18th century, teenage odoriko, or dancing girls, would entertain in the private homes of upper-class samurai, although most had turned to prostitution. The first woman to call herself “Geisha” was a Fukazawa prostitute, in 1750. This made female Geisha really popular in 1750s Fukazawa. During the 1760s and the 1770s most began working only as entertainers.
By the 1830s, there were many different ranks and classifications of Geisha. Some woman would have sex with their customers, while other would strictly entertain. World War II brought a decline to the geisha art, due to the fact that many woman had to go work in the factories. During this time prostitutes began referring to themselves has “geisha girls” to the American Military men, causing the real Geisha women to lose respect. In 1944 all of the Geisha “world” was forced to close and all were forced to work in the factories. About a year later they were allowed to reopen. Although many Geisha’s chose not to return to the profession after the war, the ones that did, brought back traditional standards in the profession, though under new...